Happy Mother’s day

Like Christmas, Easter, birthdays and a host of other anniversaries, Mother’s Day comes but once a year. And like all of the others, that’s part of the reason why it’s so special. I’ve had a wonderful day with the family so far, and have so many flowers that the house looks like a Garden Centre! Mother’s Day in the U.K. has an interesting history, and as I’ve nothing extra to add to what I wrote last year, I thought I’d simply reblog.
Happy Mother’s Day to all mums everywhere. ❤

Millie Thom


It’s early morning and I’m enjoying some peace and quiet before my tribe of six offspring (plus partners and grandchildren) invade for Sunday/Mother’s Day lunch. We tend to spend Mother’s Day here, at our house, because we have the biggest dining table for seating everyone. Besides, I love to cook for them all. I’m also looking forward to receiving my selection of lovely cards, flowers, chocolates and whatever other knick-knacks they decide I might like this year. I’ve never asked it of them, but I sincerely appreciate all that they bring. It’s like Christmas all over again. And to think, my birthday’s less than a month away, too.

Well, today I thought I’d have a think about what Mother’s day actually involves in the U.K. and how it originated. I won’t delve into how the celebration started in the U.S. in 1908 – which, I believe, is celebrated in May…

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I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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47 Responses to Happy Mother’s day

  1. anroworld says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, dear Millie!It’s a wonderful holiday!

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you, Ann. Do you celebrate Mother’s Day where you are? It’s a lovely tradition, and such a nice way of thanking our mothers for everything. I get spoilt because I have six children. Flowers and chocolates for ever. 🙂

  2. Happy Mother’s Day! This year ours in the United States is May 8.

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks, Diane. I found out that yours was in May when I wrote this post last year. I looked up about how Mothers’ Day started in the US and intended to write a post about it when the time came. I didn’t in the end because I thought that plenty of Americans would probably do so. It’s really interesting, though, so I might do a post about it this time round. (I’ll return your kind wishes in May!).

  3. Heartafire says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Millie and to all the wonderful UK Mom’s and moms all over the world! Much love to you!

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you so much. We’re just enjoying a little bit of peace and quiet now after a hectic day. It’s lovely to have a day devoted to mothers, whatever time of year it’s held. Love to you, too – will visit your blog in the next day or two, before I disappear again to write my book.

  4. Joy Pixley says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Millie! I would be doing the same thing — have everyone over to my place and cook them a big meal, what fun!

    • milliethom says:

      I love it, Joy! My husband says we should all go out for a meal, that I shouldn’t spend Mother’s Day in the kitchen. But I enjoy having everyone here far more than going out. It’s not often I have them all here at the same time nowadays.

  5. Happy Mother’s Day, Millie! I had no idea the centuries long tradition of Mothering Sunday… that was such an interesting read. Thank you for sharing! 🌷

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks, Jean. Yes, the tradition goes back a long way. We’re sticklers for tradition here, as you probably know. I just find it a lot of fun. I also love the idea of a day to appreciate our mothers. I loved running out to the shops to spend my pocket money on flowers when I was a child. It’s such a pity that shopkeepers use the day to put all the prices up! but I suppose, that’s business.

  6. Happy Mothers Day to you Millie, I hope you have/had a wonderful lovely day with all your family. What a truly interesting read. I had no idea of the history dating back to the 16th century!
    Here in South Africa, Mother’s Day falls on usually the first Sunday of the month of May.
    Thanks for a beautiful post. x

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you so much, Lynne. Yes, I think most other countries that celebrate Mother’s Day, have it in May, like the US. In the UK. it’s been on the fourth Sunday in March for so long that it will never change. As you know, we’re sticklers for tradition here. Lol. 🙂

  7. Happy Mother’s Day to you too! Bet you have a great one with so many kids 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks, Bekki. Hope you’re all keeping well down there in Devon. Mother’s Day here is very like Christmas. It’s a lot of fun and quite chaotic. 🙂 I’m now well stuffed with chocolates and have a house full of flowers.
      I’ve not been on my blog for ages until this week, Bekki, and I just popped on to do a few posts before I go back to my writing. I’ll be popping onto your blog tomorrow to read a few posts. Talk again then. 🙂

      • Hi Millie. I thought, with all your kids, you’d get a good haul. Mind, I didn’t do too badly, since even Mr Hicks buys me presents 🙂 Assumed you were writing. Hope it’s going well. Look forward to your visit today.

      • milliethom says:

        Thanks, Bekki. Yes, I’ve been writing, in between going up to visit my 87-year-old aunt. We were there most of a wekk, so that put me back a bit. We did manage to get nice photos of Formby for a blog post, though.
        I’ll get back to writing in a few days.
        I wonder who takes Mr. Hicks shopping for your prezzies. Hope you didn’t get a juicy bone – unless you like juicy bones, of course. 🙂

      • Ha! Ha! No bone. Just chocolate a game of what Hicks has been told is a faster game of monopoly – I do like a good board game.

  8. I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day! I think there should be Mother’s Day once a week. 😀

  9. Why thank you Millie ! I AM a happy mother…. Oops! Wrong context ! Seriously, Happy Mothers Day and Happy Birthday to you, Millie ! ; )

    • milliethom says:

      Hi William. Hope your’re well and enjoying 2016. I’ve hardly been on my blog this year – I just pop on now and then to do a few posts.
      Thanks for your Mother’s Day greetings, but my birthday isn’t until April. (But I don’t want to talk about that until someone discovers a way of going backwards. I don’t like this getting older business one bit.)

      • I turned 59 a couple of weeks ago. I did not have a huge birthday bash as I would have had in the past HOWEVER, I am happy to have had the pleasure of acknowledging the phenomena. It beat Not having the opportunity to acknowledge ! ; ) The numbers I do not mind, but I could get along with fewer aches and pains !

      • milliethom says:

        Yes, every birthday has to be looked on gratefully. Many people aren’t lucky enough to reach anywhere near old age. I’ll have ten years on you by April, William, and still going strong. If you feel much younger, what the heck!
        Happy belated birthday. We’re celebrating mine by going off to another Viking Fest. (My idea of a lot of fun 😀 )

      • Sounds like a real “cut-up” to me ! Enjoy ! ; )

  10. Mothers day is also celebrated in May in Switzerland. So I often feel as if I am missing out somehow. And of course, there are no ads to remind me, so I struggle to send my own mother a gift in time.

    The joys of living abroad! Ah well.

    Happy Mothers Day to you Millie, & to all of your readers! 🌸🌸🌸

    • milliethom says:

      Hi Angela – thanks for that. Most countries celebrate Mothers Day in May, other than Britain. But it’s been on the 4th Sunday of Lent here for hundreds of years, so it’s not likely to change now. 🙂 I can see how it could cause probs for you, though. It would be very easy to forget your mum’s day.
      Hope all is well over in Switzerland and there are signs of spring about. Soon be summer. 🙂

  11. simpledimple says:

    Happy Mothers Day to you, Millie! Glad to know you had a beautiful day. Mothers are true blessings, they ROCK! 🙂

  12. nowathome says:

    Hope you a great mother’s day! We have ours in May too

  13. oh, so early! Somehow, I’m always surprised that Mother’s Day is celebrated on totally different days in different countries, e.g., in Poland it’s on 26th of May 🙂

  14. Happy Belated Mother’s Day🎀
    We celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday May 8th. It is actually 60 days from now!

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks, Faraday. Yes, many countries have Mother’s Day on the same day as the US. We cling to our old traditions and things are unlikely to change. I’ve recently learned that some countries celebrate it on other dates, too.

  15. inesephoto says:

    Happy Mother’s Day! I don’t mind celebrating this day twice a year 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      Happy Mother’s Day to you, too, Inese. I think you celebrate it on the same day as the UK over in Ireland? I love the day, and not just because I get lots of prezzies. I always loved buying my own mother gifts. It’s a special day for all families.

      • inesephoto says:

        Yes, it was last Sunday, but I get all my presents in May because my daughter lives in the US, and observes their holidays 🙂 I think that other countries celebrate Mother’s Day in May too.

  16. Sadie's Nest says:

    Happy Mother’s Day!

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